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DEEP BLUE SHE (THE #MUTINY2UNITY #METOO WEMIX)

Words by Tanuja Desai Hidier (Except news footage lines from Amita Swadhin’s Testimony & Valarie Kaur’s Night Watch Service.)
Music by Tanuja Desai Hidier & Marie Tueje.
Produced by Dave Sharma.

World overboard!
Better love your daughters more!
World overboard!
Better love your daughters (love your daughters!)

Raise your sons to lay down swords!
Steer this city back on course!
Raise your sons to lay down swords!
Steer this city back on course!

M-U-T-I-N-Y
Y-U-N-I-M-T?
[2x]
M-U-T-I [4x]
M-U-T [4x]
YYYYYYYY?
M-U-T-I-N-Y!
Y-U-N-I-M-T?

Dressed in a suit and tie!
*I was too afraid to tell them my story
21st century!
*I was too afraid to tell them my story

Blackout across the bay
Except where the pretty party people stay
Paying for their ship to come in
Bottom’s up to sunup at Lands End

Eye to the telescope
Marauders all around me grope
Yet my lover ain’t allowed to dive in
Antiparty posse turn you in:

You blew me.
Blue me.

All quiet on the eastern cuntry
Bolo how the West was won if 3-
-77 say we won’t escape
‘Less you wedded, then by all means rape!**

Got no permit for a long stiff drink
How a girl supposed to think?
Bar bala bleach and barter her skin
Motherland, turn to friend!

And they don’t want our hurricane lamp on

Mumbadevi can you tell me
Why they how who can be?
This city still divided now
That Reclamation be?
Devadasi, make me crazy
Dowry, sati, serve tea
If you the goddess, why the girl
Not safe upon your streets?

And they don’t want our hurricane lamp on
Walk the plank; won’t keep the blindfold on!

M-U-T-I-N-Y!
Staring out to sea
Y-U-N-I M-T?
Crumbles beneath our feet

A sailor went to sea!
To see what he could she!
And all that she could see see see
Was the bottom, the bottom!
(Her bottom, her bottom!)
He bought her, he pawed her!
(We caught him, we caught him!)

Hands on deck,
From this wreck,
Fortress we seizing!
We will rise
Still entwined
With who the frock we please!

M-U-T-I-N-Y!
Lookout for the enemy
Y-U-N-I M-T?
He’s sitting on top of me
Dressed in a suit and tie!
Morality police
21st century?
Puh-leeze!

M- (uh-oh)-N-E-Y
Pillaging oi-oi-oil!
Driving their SUVs
Down a village street…

World overboard!
Better love your daughters more!
*And so the mother in me asks: What if?
What if this darkness
Is not the darkness of the tomb
But the darkness of the womb?

The winds are changing!
The winds are changing!

U-N-I: U-N-I-T-E!


**This song was catalyzed by Nirbhaya/the 2012 Delhi gang rape. Please note, to state what is hopefully the obvious, that this line is an unequivocally anti-rape/rape culture reference to and criticism of sections of India’s penal code which do not recognize marital rape as a crime. DEEP BLUE SHE is also Bombay Spleen’s most direct anti-377 track (Section 377, which criminalizes homosexuality in India, was declared unconstitutional in 2009…but reinstated in 2013) and stands by LGBTQ rights. Which are, of course, HUMAN rights.

credits

released November 6, 2017
Words by Tanuja Desai Hidier (Except news footage lines from Amita Swadhin’s Testimony & Valarie Kaur’s Night Watch Service.)
Music by Tanuja Desai Hidier & Marie Tueje.
Produced by Dave Sharma.

ANOUSHKA SHANKAR: SITAR.
JON FADDIS: TRUMPET.
AMITA SWADHIN: TESTIMONY.
VALARIE KAUR: NIGHT WATCH SERVICE.

TANUJA DESAI HIDIER: VOCALS.
DAVE SHARMA: DRUM PROGRAMMING/SYNTHS.
MARIE TUEJE: SYNTHS/BACKING VOCALS.

Remix of original track DEEP BLUE SHE from the album BOMBAY SPLEEN: Songs based on Tanuja Desai Hidier's novel Bombay Blues.

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Award-winning author, singer-songwriter, and innovator of the “booktrack”. Her groundbreaking first novel, Born Confused-- the first South Asian American YA novel--was named a greatest YA novel of all time by Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, and Paste Magazine. Sequel Bombay Blues won the 2015 South Asia Book Award. She is currently working on her next novel/album/video. www.ThisIsTanuja.com ... more

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